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10 to 22 June 2020 Enchanted Austria

Wednesday 10 June 2020 to Monday 22 June 2020

This is the second holiday led by Kayleen Asbo and Stephen Carpenter. "Enchanted Austria" is available either as one holiday of 12 days, or two separate six-day holidays. Part One, "Beethoven's Vienna", will take us to Vienna from Wednesday 10 to Tuesday 16 June 2020, and Part Two, "In the footsteps of Mozart and Schubert" to Salzburg and Schwarzenberg from Tuesday 16 to Monday 22 June 2020. These destinations are all important centres of culture in Austria. Starting in Vienna we explore this wondeful city which has been at the crossroads of art and music in Europe since the 18th century. We will visit important locations where the great composers lived and worked, including Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart and Schubert, take a bus tour of the city, attend the Vienna State Opera's performance of Lucia di Lammermuir (optional), make an excursion to Eisenstadt where Haydn worked for the Esterhazy Family during the 18th century, and we will attend a Mass sung by the Vienna Boys' Choir at the Imperial Chapel. Moving on to Salzburg, we visit Mozart's birthplace and residence, take a Sound of Music tour, and enjoy two dinners at the famous St Peter Stiftskeller and up at the Fortress overlooking the city. After Salzburg, we travel on to Schwarzenberg. This is a glorious alpine village which hosts an annual Schubertiade attracting some of the leading artists from around the world. As well as enjoying concerts at the Schubertiade, we will take an excursion to Lindau and Bregenz, and a short boat trip across Lake Constance.


Wednesday 10 June  Independent arrival in Vienna to check in to the 5-star Le Méridien Hotel from 15.00. Welcome dinner at 19.30 the hotel.

Thursday 11 June Guided tour of the Mozart House in Vienna, with a concert by Kayleen and guest musicians in the Bosendorfer Hall. Lunch under your own arrangements, followed by a guided tour of the Brahms Museum. Early dinner together at the Hotel Sacher (with a "Sacher Torte" for dessert!), followed by a Vienna State Opera performance of Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermuir. This performance is optional and the additional cost is £200. We ask that you confirm at the time of booking whether you wish to attend.

Friday 12 June Coach to Eisenstadt for a private tour of the Esterhazy Palace including a short recital by Kayleen and guest musicians. After lunch together we visit Haydn's House close by the Palace, and return to Vienna for dinner under your own arrangements.

Saturday 13 June Morning concert at the Gustav Mahler Saal at the Vienna State Opera followed by a visit to the Belvedere in the afternoon. Dinner under your own arrangements.

Sunday 14 June Morning service at the Imperial Court Chapel sung by the Vienna Boys' Choir, followed by a bus tour of the city including the Schönbrunn Palace. Dinner together at the Weissen Rauchfangkehrer (White Chimney Sweep) restaurant.

Monday 15 June Private tour of the Musikverein with a recital in the Brahms Hall followed by a visit to the Central Cemetery. Lunch will be under your own arrangements followed by an afternoon at leisure with the option to go to Schubert's birthplace and Heiligenstadt where Beethoven wrote his famous "Heiligenstadt Testament" in 1802, followed by a visit to the Beethoven statue in Heiligenstadt Park. Dinner together at the hotel.

Tuesday 16 June Three options today:

Firstly, if you are coming on the full "Enchanted Austria" holiday we will take a coach from Vienna to Salzburg, stopping en route at the fabulous Monastery of Melk where we will have a guided tour and lunch under your own arrangements in one of the cafés at Melk. Travel on to Salzburg and check in to the 5-star Hotel Sacher where we will have dinner together in the evening

Secondly, if you are just attending "Beethoven's Vienna" you will make your independent journey home from Vienna.

Thirdly, if you are arriving for "In the footsteps of Mozart and Schubert", you will need to make your own way to Salzburg, arriving in time for dinner at 7.30pm at the Sacher Hotel. See "Travel Information" below for advice on how to organise your travel.

Wednesday 17 June Morning tour of Mozart's Birthplace and Residence. Lunch under your own arrangments, followed by a free afternoon and dinner together at St Peter Stiftskeller, the oldest restaurant in Salzburg.

Thursday 18 June A "Sound of Music" tour in the morning which includes visits to the Leopoldskron and Schloss Hellbrun, before journeying out of the city to the Salzkammergut region to see the beautiful lakes and have lunch under your own arrangements in the picturesque town of Mondsee where, in the film, the Baron and Maria were married. Back to Salzburg for a free afternoon. In the evening we will take the cable car up to the Fortress where we will have dinner together at the restaurant with panoramic views of the city.

Friday 19 June Travel by coach from Salzburg to Dornbirn, stopping en route in Innsbruck for lunch under your own arrangements. Afternoon check-in at the 4-star Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in Dornbirn followed by dinner at the Panorama Restaurant on the top floor of the hotel.

Saturday 20 June Morning walking tour of Lindau followed by the short cruise across Lake Constance to Bregenz where we will have some time to view the enormous set of the opera by the lakeside before lunch under your own arrangements and a return to the hotel. Transfer to Schwarzenberg for afternoon and evening recitals in the Angelika-Kauffman-Saal with dinner in between.

Sunday 21 June  A morning recital in Schwarzenberg followed by a cable car ride up the mountain above Dornbirn for lunch under your own arrangements at the cafe and a walk in the hills. Back to Schwarzenberg for dinner together followed by an evening recital.

Monday 22 June Independent departure home from Dornbirn. See "Travel Information" for advice on how to organise your trip home.


In Vienna there will be three short recitals by Kayleen Asbo and musical guests. These will take place at the Mozart House, the Brahms Hall at the Musikverein and at the Esterhazy Palace in Eisenstadt. The programme for these recitals will be confirmed at a later date. In Vienna, there is also the option to attend the world-famous Vienna State Opera:

Thursday 11 June 19.30 Vienna State Opera
Donizetti Lucia di Lammermuir
Evelino Pido, conductor
Laurent Pelly, director
George Petean (baritone), Enrico (Lord Henry Ashton)
Brenda Rae (soprano), Lucia, his sister
Michael Spyres (tenor), Edgardo (Sir Edgar Ravenswood)
Ryan Speedo Green (bass-baritone), Raimondo, Lucia's tutor

Beethoven String Quartet No 12 in E flat, Op 127
Beethoven String Quartet No 13 in B flat Op 130

In Schwarzenberg, we will attend concerts in the Angelika-Kauffmann-Saal at the world-famous Schubertiade where the programmes are confirmed as:

Saturday 20 June 16.00 CONCERT: ARTEMIS QUARTET
Schubert Quartet Movement in C minor, D 703
Bartok String Quartet No 6
Schubert String Quartet in G, D 887

Schubert An die Leier, Herbst, and Schwannengesang
Schumann Leiderkreis Op 24

Schubert Three Piano Pieces, D 946
Schubert Sonata in A minor, D 784
Schubert Sonata in D, D 850 (Gasteiner)

Sunday 21 June 20.00 CONCERT: QUATUOR EBENE
Beethoven String Quartet No 5 in A, Op 18 No 5
Beethoven String Quartet No 4 in C minor, Op 18 No 4
Beethoven String Quartet No 12 in E flat, Op 127

Travel Information

Whether you are coming from the USA, the UK or elsewhere, you will need to make your own travel arrangements to Austria.

Please note that the following information is for advice only. You are strongly advised to speak to your travel agent and/or look on line to book the travel options which suit you best. You may also wish to arrive in Vienna (or Salzburg) a day or more early and stay on after the end of the official end of the tour. If this is the case, I can reserve you an extra night or nights in the hotel.

If you are coming for "Beethoven's Vienna" only, you should plan to arrive on Wednesday 10 June in time to join our welcome dinner at Le Méridien Hotel at 19.30. You will then depart from Vienna on Tuesday 16 June.

The easiest and cheapest way to get from Vienna airport to central Vienna is via the raillink from the airport to Wien Mitte, from where it is a 10-minute taxi journey to the hotel. Alternatiively, you can get a taxi from Vienna airport direct to the hotel, which will cost around €50 and take 25 minutes.

If you are joining for "In the footsteps of Mozart and Schubert" only, you should plan to arrive in Salzburg on Tuesday 16 June in time to join the group for dinner at the Hotel Sacher at 19.30. Alternatively, you may wish to arrive in Vienna on Monday 15 June and join us on the coach from Vienna to Salzburg (via Melk) on Tuesday 16 June.

For your return journey, you may wish to look at flights from Zurich on Monday 22 June. The journey from Dornbirn to Zurich airport is not difficult (but is not included in the cost of the holiday). You can take a taxi from our hotel in Dornbirn to Feldkirch (journey time c. 30 minutes, cost approxiately $50 - $60) and then a train from Feldkirch to Zurich main station (journey time 1 hour 40 minutes, cost from $30) and then the train from Zurich main station to the airport. Here are some suggested flight itineraries that you may wish to consider:

Monday 15 June depart San Francisco 13.50 on Lufthansa 9053
Tuesday 16 June arrive Frankfurt 09.55
Tuesday 16 June depart Frankfust 12.50 on Lufthansa 1104
Tuesday 16 June arrive Salzburg 13.50

Then for the return journey:

Monday 22 June depart Zurich 13.10 on United 9728, arrive San Francisco 16.00.

Price per person

We offer an "Early Bird" price for this tour. The Early Bird tour price as given below will increase by £200 on 31 January 2020.

For the full "Enchanted Austria" tour (arriving Vienna on Wednesday 10 June and departing Dornbirn on Monday 22 June):

Early Bird Tour price: £5,795 per person based on sharing a double or twin room
Single room supplement: £1,300

For either "Beethoven's Vienna" (arriving Vienna on Wednesday 10 June and departing Vienna on Tuesday 16 June) or "In the footsteps of Mozart and Schubert" (arriving Salzburg on Tuesday 16 and departing Dornbirn on Monday 22 June):

Early Bird Tour price: £3,100 per person based on sharing a double or twin room.
Single room supplement: £780
Optional additional cost of Vienna State opera performance: £200

Payment schedule:
1st instalment due on booking: £2,000 (which includes £1,000 deposit)
2nd and final instalment due by 29 February 2020 as follows:
Full "Enchanted Austria" holiday: £3,795 plus (if applicable) single supplement of £1,300 and £200 for Vienna State Opera performance 
"Beethoven's Vienna" or "In the footsteps of Mozart and Schubert": £1,100 plus (if applicable) single supplement of £780 and £200 for Vienna State Opera performance

Tour price includes: Accommodation for six nights in Vienna, three nights in Salzburg and three nights in Dornbirn (near Schwarzenberg), breakfast daily, four dinners and two lunches in Vienna, three dinners in Salzburg and three in Schwarzenberg, two recitals in Vienna and one in Eisenstadt, private tours of the Mozart House in Vienna and Salzburg, the Musikverein in Vienna, the Esterhazy Palace and Haydn House in Esienstadt, bus tour of Vienna and Sound of Music tour in Salzburg, visits to the Schubert Birth House and Heiligenstadt in Vienna and to Melk Abbey. If you are joining us in Schwarzenberg, costs of the concert tickets (best seats) and concert programmes are included, plus the visit to Lindau, boat trip across Lake Constance, and cable car ride in Dornbirn. Coach transportation throughout, all tips for guides and coach driver, and the services of Stephen Carpenter and Kayleen Asbo as tour managers.

Excluded is your travel to and from Austria, all lunches (except two in Eisensadt and Vienna) when you are free to make your own arrangements. Drinks with meals.

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation costs up to 100 days before departure of the trip: deposit

Cancellation costs between 100 days up to 50 days before departure of the trip: total 1st instalment of £2,000

Cancellation costs from 50 days up to the day of departure before departure of the trip: costs of the total invoice

Please note that in unavoidable circumstances the schedule as described may alter but we will aim to undertake all the tours and visits as described. Le Mériden Hotel in Vienna, the Hotel Sacher in Salzburg and the Four Points by Sheraton in Dornbirn have been reserved but in the event of our having to change hotels, we will endeavour to secure accommodation in a hotel of similar standard or better.

To Book

Booking is through Stephen Carpenter, at Carpenter Holidays.

Please email stephen [at] for a booking form and, when complete, either email it to Stephen (or include in an email, the details requested in the form) or send it by post to:

Stephen Carpenter
67 Stuart Road
SW19 8DJ

Once you have submitted the booking from, you will be sent information on how to pay the deposit for the holiday. This will be payable either by bank transfer, details of which will be given to you on completion of the form - NB, we offer a £50 discount if you pay by bank transfer - or via PayPal: 


If you have any questions about the “Austria East to West" holiday, please do not hesitate to contact Stephen by email as above, or by phoning him on +44 (0)20 8946 6821 or +44 (0)7730 817891.